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Another milestone of slowness….

I took advantage of run and just under freezing temperatures (29 F at the start; 32 F at the finish (-2 C to 0 C)) to get in 10 miles (10.36 actually) before today’s game, which I am subjecting my daughter to.

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Total time: 1:55:23 (11:08 mpm) for 10.36. 22:06 to the Cemetery, 15:30 in the Cemetery, 20:56 to the end of Heading (58:32, or 43:02 for the 4), 1:21, 44:40 (!) for the “in the park” part, 10:48 for the final 1.03.

Not so long ago, I counted 10 minutes per mile as my “easy” pace; not it is 11:15 mpm, at least for this distance.

While I was out there, I saw Larry McMasters walking with his walker; he is a tough 70 year old who could run 45 minutes for 10K (last November) but was hit by a car earlier this year while running. He is now out and about again; he is one of the toughest people I know.

Now off to the game….or to get ready at least.

November 30, 2013 Posted by | Friends, running | 1 Comment

Science fact: stranger than science fiction

Remember Chernobyl? Some fungi have been found to be living inside the highly radioactive containment building….and…using gamma radiation the way that plants use sunlight:

There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls. Since it is highly radioactive in there, scientists didn’t expect to find anything living, let alone thriving. The robot was instructed to obtain samples of the slime, which it did, and upon examination…the slime was even more amazing than was thought at first glance.

This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. Samples of these fungi grew significantly faster when exposed to gamma radiation at 500 times the normal background radiation level. The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll. That is to say, the melanin molecule gets struck by a gamma ray and its chemistry is altered. This is an amazing discovery, no one had even suspected that something like this was possible.

Surf to Doug’s Darkworld to read more.

November 30, 2013 Posted by | biology, evolution, science | , , | Leave a comment

The Future of Higher Education?

Consider some issues of the day: what is the proper balance of power and diplomacy in foreign affairs?

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Love President Obama, hate him….you should realize that properly analyzing issues such as these requires education and knowledge.

Then we have economic issues such as this one:

Williamson has a lot of equations running around — fearful plumbing, as Rudi Dornbusch would have put it — but the essence of this story, whether he realizes it or not, involves movements in the Wicksellian natural rate of interest — the real interest rate that would match savings and investment at full employment.

Now, one way to think about how that natural rate interacts with monetary policy to determine the rate of inflation would be a figure like this:

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Here WNR is a 45-degree line representing all the combinations of inflation and the interest rate at which the real rate equals the Wicksellian natural rate, while MP is a monetary policy reaction function — basically a Taylor rule in which interest rates rise more than one-for-one with inflation, but with the downside constrained by the zero lower bound.

As you can see, I’ve drawn this so that there are two equilibria: one with a relatively high inflation rate and a positive nominal interest rate, the other with low inflation and a zero rate.

What Williamson does is observe that we’re at the zero lower bound, so he concludes that we’re at an equilibrium like B.

He then asks what happens if the liquidity premium on government debt rises — which in this setting amounts to asking what happens if the real natural rate of interest falls. And he gets a result like this:

Surf to Professor Krugman’s site to read the analysis; let’s say that one has to be comfortable with graphs and their meaning to follow the argument (mathematically speaking: it has to do with how the “slanted” curve moves with the economic conditions, and if we stay at one of the equilibria, and how stable (attracting or repelling equilibria).

So, one needs some level of education to follow this.

So what are some colleges doing?

The University of District of Columbia (the board) decided:

This isn’t a joke: The University of District of Columbia, which was desperate to cut costs, is eliminating 17 low-enrolled academic programs — including physics, history and economics — but is keeping for now an NCAA Division II athletics program that cost $3 million more last year than it generated in revenue.
That was the decision of the Board of Trustees, according to this report by my colleague Nick Anderson. The board took up a proposal to save money offered by UDC’s interim president, James E. Lyons Sr., as he tries to take the long-strugling school on a different path.

Other universities are considering doing similar things:

If you’re planning to attend either Minnesota State University Moorhead or the University of the District of Columbia, best get in your Romeo and Juliet now—and while you’re at it, you should probably learn the formulas for velocity and momentum, and study up on the Spanish-American War. Because soon, these regional public universities may have no departments of English, physics, or history—nor a host of other programs often associated with “college,” including political science (MSUM), philosophy (MSUM), computer science (MSUM), and even economics (UDC).

What is confounding about these universities’ plans to possibly obliterate nearly half of their departments is why both institutions, faced with budget crises, went straight for the academic jugular. And not just by cutting highfalutin artsy disciplines, but with an eye toward fields of study that are actually valued in today’s cruel and fickle market. Nobody seems to notice that the structure of today’s higher-ed “business” model is backwards: It’s far easier to cut academics than it is to cut anything else, so that’s what universities are doing. The irony that the very raison d’être of a university—education!—is also its most disposable aspect seems lost on everyone (perhaps because nobody studies English, philosophy, or French anymore, so nobody recognizes irony or knows what a raison d’être is).

UDC’s case is especially infuriating, given the trustees’ decision to gut departments in favor of a decidedly lackluster athletics program. However, MSUM’s situation is actually far more likely to be replicated around the country, and thus deserving of greater scrutiny. If MSUM could have made up the $5 million chasm in its budget by cutting its modest sports, it might well have gone the way of Texas’s Paul Quinn College, which turned its football field into an organic farm and now seems pretty pleased with the decision. But at MSUM, head coaches are paid about $70,000 a year and have teaching responsibilities; cutting athletics wouldn’t have come close to stanching MSUM’s gaping cash hole.

So that’s it: a strip mall with a gym. Hmmmm….

And they are also not going to reduce offices and amenities that boost enrollment. These days, no self-respecting undergraduate would think of matriculating somewhere without an indoor rock climbing wall, so MSUM has to have one of those. And without perky recruiters and extensive alumni outreach, matriculation and endowment will both crater even worse than they already have (declining enrollment is the source of the entire budget fracas in the first place). So, again, this would seem to reveal that amenities and administrators are indispensible, and thus the entire burden of the budget cuts rests squarely on the slouching, poorly clothed shoulders of the faculty, who are now to be foisted upon that dreaded “real world” they seem to hate so much.

And therein lies the rub. What is a university without departments? The MSUM and UDC decisions demonstrate something crucially important and monumentally depressing about the state of the American public university: It is an immaculately landscaped corporate park with its own apparel store, full of the sound of tuition money disappearing and the fury of a thousand feet on a rock wall, but signifying nothing.

So what is the purpose of a university?

November 30, 2013 Posted by | economics, economy, education, politics, world events | | Leave a comment

Black Friday Workout!

The good news: I had no problems with pull ups today; that is a sure sign that I didn’t overeat yesterday.

Rotator cuff
hip hikes
Achilles
Planks (90 second forward, 30 seconds each side)
McKenzie
Abs: 3 sets of 10 each: crunch, twist, sit back, vertical crunch.
pull ups: 2 sets of 15, 2 sets of 10 (got over that bar!)
bench: 10 x 135, 9 x 170
incline: 2 sets of 10 x 140
dumbbell military: 3 sets of 12 x 50
dumbbell row: 3 sets of 10 x 65, each arm
curl (EZ bar): 3 sets of 10 x 65
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 160

The bad news: these ladies weren’t in the gym today; in fact, it was only a handful of stinky guys. 😦

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November 29, 2013 Posted by | butt, spandex, weight training | | Leave a comment

Andy Griffith sees football for the first time

(hat tip: Lee)

Note: Green Bay has bigger problems than their missing their starting quarterback, and so far, the Raiders are vastly outplaying the Cowboys. It is only the first half though.

I am old enough to remember when the Cowboys and Raiders were both relevant…during the SAME SEASON! They used to both be perennial powers in the NFL; always a threat to win the Super Bowl or at least go deep in the play-offs.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | football, NFL | , | Leave a comment

Evolutionary bullying and other topics

Science and society
Nature in full fury: this is a photo of the tornado that hit central Illinois:

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Via: Cami Avis.

Evolution

Does the Theory of Evolution promote….bullying?

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Uh…no. 🙂 Ah, for the good old days when people were held as a captive audience to religion:

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Seriously, evolution is a theory about how our world works, and it is as well established as the other great scientific theories (e. g. gravity). You can’t understand biology without it, and it has nothing to do with morals and the like.

And for a western religion take on bullying, I refer you to:

2 Kings 2:23-24:

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.

And from the “loving” New Testament:

Luke 19:27 (from a parable that Jesus told)

But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

Okkkkkaaaaaaayyyyyyy…..

Now back to evolution
Evolutionary science is different from mathematics in a fundamental way. We might have differing terminology for the same thing (e. g. a vector space is sometimes called a linear space; real analytic is sometimes called holomorphic ) but the concepts themselves are well defined.

That isn’t the case for biological concepts (e. g. “natural selection”).

Consider this (from Larry Moran’s blog Sandwalk) :

There are excerpts online. The first chapter is “What Is Evolution?” by Jonathan Losos. I’m not very impressed with his answer but I was shocked to read the following passage.

The logic behind natural selection is unassailable. If some trait variant is causally related to greater reproductive success, then more members of the population will have that variant in the next generation; continued over many generations, such selection can greatly change the constitution of a population.

But there is a catch. Natural selection can occur without leading to evolution if differences among individuals are not genetically based. For natural selection to cause evolutionary change, trait variants must be transmitted from parent to offspring; if that is the case, then offspring will resemble their parents and the trait variants possessed by the parents that produce the most offspring will increase in frequency in the next generation.

However, offspring do not always resemble their parents. In some cases, individuals vary phenotypically not because they are different genetically, but because they experienced different environments during growth (this is the “nurture” part of the nature versus nurture debate; see chapters III.10 and VII.1). If, in fact, variation in a population is not genetically based, then selection will have no evolutionary consequence; individuals surviving and producing many offspring will not differ genetically from those that fail to prosper, and as a result, the gene pool of the population will not change. Nonetheless, much of the phenotypic variation within a population is, in fact, genetically based; consequently, natural selection often does lead to evolutionary change.

I never heard to this idea before (that natural selection may not lead to evolution). I thought that natural selection was DEFINED as a change in the frequency of alleles in a population due to selection. Doesn’t it have to have a genetic component?

In other words, some experts do NOT consider “natural selection” as a subset of evolution but rather the phenomena of a difference of reproductive success based on characteristics, which may not be genetic (e. g. epigenetic effects or environmental effects).

I suppose the closest thing we might have to this is that some mathematicians might not accept, say, the Axiom of Choice or the Continuum Hypothesis, though most mathematicians accept the Axiom of Choice and if a proof assumes the Continuum Hypothesis, that is clearly stated.

Social Sciences
Ok, where is the fallacy here: “I studied the habits of wealthy people and I studied the habits of poor people and I found the following differences: (blah blah blah blah). Hence the poor are poor because of their behaviors and if they did (blah blah blah blah) they’d stand a better chance of being wealthy (or no longer being poor).

I am not talking about the alleged “snob factor” that is alluded to in the article I linked to; I am talking about the logical fallacy.

Here is a hint: “I see wealthy people driving luxury cars and poor people driving beat up old cars. Hence driving luxury cars might help poor people become wealthier.” 🙂

Or: “If you are short and want to be taller: I see lots of tall basketball players. So if you want to get taller, play basketball.” 🙂

Social media and hoaxes
I saw the “tip denied because you are gay” story. It turns out: it was false.

Right after a receipt and credit card statement suggested a NJ server’s tale about bigoted customers was a hoax, a local newspaper from her hometown started digging into her past. And now the Journal News reports that Dayna Morales, “has a reputation for lying,” according to former colleagues and friends.

People were rallying around Morales and sending her tips after she shared a photograph of a receipt she got back at her work, NJ restaurant Asian Gallop Bistro. The receipt showed no tip, with the note, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.” But then the family came forward saying that they actually did leave a tip, showing their copy of the receipt and a credit card statement that suggested they were truthful.
According to the Journal News, Morales lied about having cancer, her military service and damage to her home during Hurricane Sandy:
[She told] co-workers she shaved her head because she had brain cancer and later telling them it was her friend who had brain cancer, her colleagues and friends said.
They said she also told co-workers at a day care center where she once worked that Superstorm Sandy severely damaged her home in Stony Point, and sent a boat into her living room. Concerned co-workers dropped by her home and found only minor damage to the carpet by her front door and no sign of a boat, they said…
Morales told people she was a former Marine who was sent to Afghanistan and that everyone in her platoon died in an explosion except her, [a co-worker and a friend] said. The explosion left her with back injuries that required surgery and a couple of months to recover, Larkin said Morales told her employer. But during her time off, Morales posted photos of herself on Facebook enjoying a trip to Florida with a girlfriend, they said.

Though a military spokesman confirmed Morales did serve in the Marines, he added, “There is no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan” and she didn’t fulfill her reserve obligation.

Moral: the more I WANT to believe an outrageous story, the MORE skeptical I should be. That is a tough thing to do, but I’ll make fewer mistakes by doing that.

Here is one such example: I used to believe that conservatives were less likely to accept science than liberals. My mind changed when I started reading the anti-vaccination people, the rabid anti-GMO “activists” and the “alternative medicine” woo-woos.

Believe me, I’d love to think of conservatives as being mostly stupid people (Dr. Andy, Ms. Ann and many of my Naval Academy classmates excepted 🙂 ) but the facts say otherwise: stupid people can’t be successful military officers, CEO’s, economists, nuclear engineers, successful jurists, business owners, etc. I think that these folks might have blind spots, but we all do!

Speaking of “jumping the gun”: You might have heard of the “fit mom” who used herself as an example of someone who could have kids and still be very physically fit.

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Yes, I know: genetics have a lot to do with looking this athletic and buff; most of us don’t have the genetics to look like this. But many of us could do better than we are doing now, and that was the point.

And yes, the “fat acceptance” people jumped on this and she shot back and….ended up getting reported and banned by Facebook! (temporarily; Facebook admitted their error of just relying on “reports of hate speech”):

At the time, Kang defended her tough love stance, telling the “Today” show, “However your body physically manifests in the process of exercising and eating healthy is beautiful. And it doesn’t have to look like mine.”

But Kang seemed to contradict her own statement that it’s not about looks recently when she took to Facebook to criticize another viral sensation — Curvy Girl Lingerie’s Facebook campaign encouraging customers to submit photos of “regular” women in their underwear. As Curvy Girl’s Chrystal Bougon explained of the idea, “For most of us Curvies, we will have rolls, bumps, lumps, scars, stretch marks, surgery scars, breasts that are natural and that have breast fed our babies. And we can still be STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL.” Kang had a different point of view. Writing on Facebook, she declared, “I was a little peeved because while I feel like it’s ok to love and accept your body, I think that we’re normalizing obesity in our society.”

Ridiculously, after a user complained, Kang was temporarily booted from Facebook and her post was removed as “hate speech.” Kang told Yahoo! Shine Monday, “I felt like I’d been sent to the principal’s office and been expelled. We’ve become so sensitive to this weight issue that people who speak out against it are vilified. It’s so backwards to me.”

Ok, one issue is Facebook having the habit of taking “reports of hate speech” seriously; many bozos merely report what they don’t like as “hate speech”.

The other issue is this: “we can still be STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL”

This is such bull-sh*t. This is like me saying: “ok, I teach at a 12 hour load university and I was not one of the research stars of my Ph.D. class, but I can still BE A GENIUS or “hey, I ran 8:19 a mile for my last 3 mile race, but I AM STILL STUNNINGLY FAST. 🙂

Seriously, not everyone can be “stunningly beautiful” unless that phrase is stripped from its meaning; the blunt fact that most of us (yours truly included) are, well, rather ordinary. “Stunning” implies something well beyond the average, and most people simply don’t have the genes to be “stunningly beautiful”.

But MOST people can be reasonably fit and healthy and I think that most women can be “reasonably attractive” to a reasonably large population of heterosexual males if they put some effort into taking care of themselves.

Example: I wouldn’t call any of the women in this photo “stunningly beautiful” but they are all plenty attractive enough for me! They all look reasonably fit.

That is the level of fitness I think the “fitness lady” is talking about.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | biology, evolution, internet issues, mathematics, nature, religion, science, social/political | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I need to add walking back to my training

I’ve gone away from walking mostly due to piriformis pain; however the episode with my back suggests that my “not having enough curvature to my spine” was to blame.

So, I need to add walking, especially since that is the best way for me to finish a marathon (or longer) race.

And I had a dream last night: I was walking a marathon and a race walking judge went up to me and threatened to pull me out of the race. I protested: “but judge, this race doesn’t have a race walking division; it doesn’t even have a walking division! It doesn’t matter if I am legal or not!” The judge said that my form was so bad, it didn’t matter that there was no walking division; my form was disgracing the sport of walking!

Seriously; that was what I dreamed.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | racewalking, running, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Drumstick 3 mile (4.8 km) run, and a curious age related statistical result.

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Splits: 8:19, 8:18, 8:23 = 24:56. This grades to about a 25:53 5K.

My race: I jogged the 2.2 miles from my house to the racecourse, (got there with 10 minutes to the start of the race), ran the race (if you call 8:19 mpm running) and then power-walked a cool-down home (another 2 miles, this time uphill). I had overdressed slightly and so was a bit too sweaty.

There were 187 people who showed up on a 22 F (-6 C), 10 mph (16 km/hr) wind and sunny day. Hopefully, this race will grow as it was a well managed event.

My race: well, I knew that I hadn’t done many “faster” workouts over the past month aside from a quicker treadmill mile here and there; my last hard run was a 33:07 4 miler back on November 3, and that was done if 40 F conditions. It was almost 20 F colder today, and that does slow me down just a little (nothing like the heat does though).

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I lined up midpack and went out; this course starts with a mild upgrade for the first mile (8:19); I was trying to keep the effort under control and started to pass people 6-7 minutes into it.

I saw Lupe pass me (he starts slow and usually runs 7:4x-7:5x) and it was useless to try to stay with him.

But I told myself “stay steady” and more or less held position; it was just a tiny bit harder than “tempo effort”. The side turn put us with a cross wind and took us to the River bike path. That mile took 8:12 and I had delusions of picking it up some more.

BUT: we faced a stiff headwind at that point (which explains why the upgrade didn’t hurt as much as expected) and I noticed a guy up ahead of me; he is a couple of years older than I am and whipped me soundly at this spring’s marathon. He was wearing a bright orange shirt so I made it my goal to “get him”.

And eventually, with about 1200 meters to go, I did. Then I made it my goal to hold him off; I KNEW that he would fight me to the end. And he did. 🙂

As we got to the straight away I kept hearing footsteps; it was his…and those of a young, short woman coming up behind me. I told myself: “COME ON YOU WORTHLESS %$$##@!!!!!! GET GOING!!!!!! ARE YOU SAVING YOURSELF FOR MARRIAGE???”. So I tried to go as hard as I could without coming up empty short of the finish line.

My last mile was 8:23 so I did slow a bit (wind?) but I kept my place and that was the goal.

I congratulated my opponent and went back on the course to cheer for Debbie, Jennifer and Herb; I was slightly bummed that Jen had wrapped her jacket around her waist…. 😉

Then I walked the 2 miles home, going past the Medical school and up the hill; it was a good cool down.

Statistics

I noticed something curious. There were 84 males who finished the race; 9 of those 50 years old and up finished in the top half (42); 10 of the 50 and up crowd finished in the second half. The top places were 8, 10, 24, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40, 41. So being over 50 diminished one’s chances of being first, it didn’t really diminish one’s chances of being in the upper half of the males. (9 in the first half of all males, 10 in the second half).

Now looking at the 103 females who finish: only 3 women 50 and up finished in the top 52; 9 finished in the second half of the women. The top places: 15, 40, 50, 53.

I don’t know exactly what this means, but the conclusion (based on this one small race) is that being older hurts women more than it hurts men. BUT it could be that more men of my generation started earlier (races in the early 1980’s used to me mostly men; my first marathon (December 1980) saw 2000 male finishers and just over 200 women finishers!) so it could be that today’s 50 year old (and older) woman started sports later in life than the typical 50 year old man.

I don’t know; it is interesting to think about.

5K (or close)

2012 2013
Drumstick 3 mile 24:56 (25:53 eq) Nov. 28
Homecomeing 5K 25:45 (3.16?) Homecoming 5K 25:31 (3.16?)
Stride to Unite 5K (3.2) 25:53 22 Sep. 27:34 Hilltop 5K (72, 91 percent humidity)
25:12 Hanna City Hustle 25:22 Hanna City Hustle (AG)
25:47 Yates City. 26:05 Yates City
25:42 Brimfield: 7:56, 8:10, 8:44, 0:51
27:59 Aug. 5: Math Fest 5K 26:56 Rocket Run July 20: 8:27, 8:42, 9:46
26:07 Run for the Health of it July 14 8:28 8:49, 8:49 (AG) 26:32 5K run for the health of it July 13 (AG) 8:03, 8:02, 10:26
27:46 July 4 Firecracker 8:09 8:43 10:53 27:40 July 4 Firecracker
25:03 May 26 River Run 8:08, 8:07, 8:47 24:56 May 25 River Run
25:13 Race for the Cure May 12 (8:25, 7:34, 9:12) (AG) 25:48 Race for the Cure May 11
24:34 May 5 Run to Remember (7:54, 7:45, 8:54) 26:12 (3.18?) May 4: Sam Fan 5K
25:41 Bradley U. April 28 25:29 (hilly) 20 April: BU women soccer 5K
25:14 CIDA March 31 (8:27, 8:17, 8:29) (AG) 25:14 March 23: New Interplanetary 5K
25:08 Interplanatary March 24 (8:14, 8:19, 8:34) (AG) 27:04 (3.25?) 2 March: 5K Jack Kenney (AG)

November 28, 2013 Posted by | running, time trial/ race | , , , | 3 Comments

The utility of basic physical fitness: and no, I am NOT “Mr. Fitness”.

Workout notes: full weight workout (McKenzie, planks, rotator cuff, hip hikes, Achilles, abs (3 sets of 10 of sit back, crunch, twist, vertical crunch).

Plank notes: on the side plank, I was able to keep my upper leg in the air longer; my goal is to do this for the full 30 seconds.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 9 x 170 (a recent improvement)
incline: 2 sets of 10 x 140
military: dumbbell, seated, supported: 3 sets of 12 x 50
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65 (each arm)
curls: 2 sets of 10 x 30 dumbbell, 10 x 70 machine
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (shoulder friendly grip).

“Mr. Fitness”: I was discussing my wife’s struggles with mobility while she recovers from a broken foot; she is not allowed to put any weight on the afflicted foot.

A mutual friend remarked that I was “Mr. Fitness” when, in fact, I am not. My workouts, for me, are part of the ongoing fantasy that I am an athlete. My workouts are to get me ready for “competition; GAME DAY. Physical fitness is a mere byproduct and not the intended goal; hence things like “exercise classes” have no appeal for me, unless it is to address a specific sports injury (e. g. yoga for the back or for the hamstrings).

Back to Barbara: here she is at the Jones Dome for the Rams vs. Bears game. You can see her cast.

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Mobility has been an issue for her; going up and down even a few stairs (like those leading into our house) is a struggle for her; techniques such as this one are out of the question for her:

She doesn’t have the upper body strength nor the necessary balance.

Sure, her age IS a part of it; younger people have more inherent strength and endurance.

But for older people, working at physical fitness CAN yield big dividends, especially when things go wrong.

So, with that in mind, I’ll add some “fitness stuff” to my workout (e. g. use my wobble board after runs); that can’t hurt my trail running.

November 27, 2013 Posted by | weight training | , | Leave a comment

Creeping slowness

I decided to drive to the Rock Island trail to do my miles today; I wanted a flat surface and some soft surface.

I jogged out past the bench on the paved part (47:10 worth in total) and did the 3 mile out and back trail segment in 65:39 (32:28 out, 33:11 back). I was astonished at how slow my last 3 miles was. It wasn’t as if I was dogging it….I wasn’t killing myself but I had made an effort to attempt to increase the effort.

Gadzooks.

It was gray, slightly breezy and freezing (32 F, 0 C) and there was a tiny, tiny bit of snow dust here and there.

I got passed by a bespandexed MILF and I saw a runner who used to leave me in the dust and his fast walking wife. He is of the age in which people slow down at a more rapid rate.

I have to fight the tendency to go back on the treadmill at the first sign of chilly temperatures, but I am going to have to “run fast” at least once a week.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | running | , | 6 Comments